Trump maintains hard line on immigration

Stock markets globally were fearful of what US President Donald Trump would say in his first speech to US Congress-from tax and healthcare reforms to immigration and protectionist policies to the "Great Wall" along the US-Mexico border.

In a new order Trump signed last week, the federal government expedited deportations, discouraged new asylum seekers and targeted unauthorized immigrants who may or may not have committed a serious crime, according to a memo from the Department of Homeland Security made public last week.

The unprecedented rhetorical discipline of this speech also makes it hard to take sincerely for those who have paid attention to the rise of Trump's presidency.

Trump has done mini-pivots in the past, only to revert to more familiar campaign-style figure from the 2016 presidential campaign, said Republican strategist John Feehery. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Trump arrives in the Capitol's House chamber.

But Trump is the president, and he's not traditional.

And the "Late Show" host managed to make another dig at Trump's move on trans bathroom rights when the president brought up his trade policy.

The most-tweeted-about moment during Tuesday's speech was when Trump reiterated that he wants Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Trump echoed his "Buy American, hire American" appeal that he pitched during his first address to the USA after being worn in as the President.

In a Fox News interview broadcast earlier on Tuesday, Mr Trump gave himself an overall "A plus" for effort, but added that "in terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus".

"A new national pride is sweeping across our nation", he said during his prime-time address.

"We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before", Obama said.

Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness", Mr Trump said the USA should "not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future", as he pledged to keep the promises he made to the American people in the election.

Amidst applauds and standing ovations, Donald Trump also called for rehabilitation of Americans who have been victims of drug abuse.

"We expect President Trump to simply set the table for what should be a long and drawn out negotiation on how to achieve needed tax reform", they said. We all salute the same flag. Calling them "very courageous Americans whose government failed them", Trump described in detail how each family had their loved ones stolen from them by people, he said, who should never have been allowed in.

  • Eleanor Harrison